Corporates key to community development

HARARE - The initiative undertaken by Murowa Diamonds to partner renowned ophthalmologist Solomon Guramatunhu in establishing an Eye Camp in the Mazvihwa area of Zvishavane should be given due credit.

It is indeed a milestone in the health delivery system of the Mazvihwa community who have been previously disadvantaged but now stand to enjoy so many social benefits.

Assisted community members should be able to be self-reliant and fully take part in the socio-economic activities.

We really commend the diamond miner for putting their money to good use and as such, other corporates must take a cue from such kindness.

The Eye Camp will entail the removal of the natural lens of the eye which would have developed some complications resulting in loss of transparency of the lens, causing impairment or loss of vision. During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens’ transparency.

The problem of cataracts is usually common among the elderly but there are also a few cases of infants that are born with the condition. Over 90 percent of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. We sincerely hope that Murowa’s partnership with Eyes for Africa will go a long way in assisting the community to be a better one.

As such, the business community should be a concerned neighbour who can be part of the solution to improving the quality of life for surrounding communities. Corporates should be compelled to compliment and partner communities in developing local economies based on willingness to implement community projects.

Despite Zimbabwe’s economic hardships, companies are obliged to embrace responsibility for their actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere who may also be considered as stakeholders. Corporate social responsibility should not merely be window-dressing or an attempt to pre-empt the role of government as a watchdog over companies.

Companies should act within their “conscience” as operating responsibly also plays an important role in promoting good values and contributes to the sustainable development of communities. 

The ideal approach to business is not only to make profit but also to factor social responsibility and sustainability sensitive to the challenges of eradicating poverty and disease and protecting the environment.

We hope that more corporates will get involved in sustainable development community projects covering mainly education, health, infrastructure, agriculture and economic empowerment.

There is no better time than now to be socially responsible as a corporate citizen.

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